flynas Announces Flights To Addis Ababa From Riyadh And Jeddah

The airline’s expansion continues with two new Ethiopian routes.

  •  flynas to start direct flights to Addis Ababa from Riyadh and Jeddah, operating six flights per week from October 9th.
  •  The new routes will not only serve tourists and business visitors, but also facilitate travel for pilgrims.
  •  flynas is expanding its presence in Africa and beyond, supported by Saudi Arabia’s Air Connectivity Program.

Flynas launches Addis Ababa routes

The carrier will begin flying to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) – Ethiopia’s main international airport – in October with six flights per week. Its service from Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport (RUH) will commence on October 9th, with flights operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The schedule is as follows:

  • XY 347 – Riyadh to Addis Ababa – Departs RUH at 01:25, arrives in ADD at 04:45.
  • XY 348 – Addis Ababa to Riyadh – Departs ADD at 05:35, arrives in RUH at 08:50.

Flights from Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) will launch a day later on October 10th, running on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays on the following schedule:

  • XY 685 – Jeddah to Addis Ababa – Departs JED at 02:25, arrives in ADD at 04:45.
  • XY 686 – Addis Ababa to Jeddah – Departs ADD at 05:35, arrives in JED at 08:00.

The routes will not only serve tourist and business visitors between the two nations but facilitate travel for pilgrims – while Ethiopia is a Christianity-dominant country, it still has a sizable contingent of Muslims at around 36% of the national population.

African expansion

Flynas is keen to expand further into Africa, continuing its expansion plan titled “We Connect the World to the Kingdom” announced in early 2022. The carrier will play a major role in Saudi Arabia’s ‘Vision 2030’ initiative, which aims to connect the country to over 250 destinations by 2030, reaching 330 million passengers and 100 million tourist visitors.

Flynas currently serves nine destinations on the African continent, including Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Sudan, and will launch more routes this year, including Abuja in Nigeria and its aforementioned routes to Addis Ababa.

Air Connectivity Program

The airline’s expansion has been enabled by Saudi Arabia’s Air Connectivity Program (ACP), a state-backed initiative that supports national carriers. Launched in 2021, the ACP is a key part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to become a global force in travel and tourism within the next decade. Its five main objectives are:

  • Enhancing the country’s connectivity
  • Ensuring high quality service and passenger experience
  • Developing overall travel and tourism ecosystem
  • Supporting competition across the industry
  • Proactively enabling air service development

Flynas now maintains a network of over 70 destinations, operating more than 1,500 flights a week with a fleet of 51 aircraft. It has launched services to several underserved destinations under the ACP – including Bishkek, Osh and Tashkent in recent months – and boasts one of the most efficient fleets in the Middle East with its 35 A320neos.

By Mian Saeed Ahmed Khan